Lopez v. Griswold

September 15, 2023

Colorado has the lowest contribution limits in the country for legislative candidates, and the second-lowest for statewide candidates. These extremely low limits act as an incumbent-protection mechanism and make it extremely difficult for challengers to run competitive campaigns. And the state makes it even more difficult for challengers by punishing them if they refuse to limit their campaign speech. This system violates candidates and their contributors’ First Amendment rights to free speech and association.